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NY Inmate Pleads Guilty in Escape

David Sweat admits to all charges in high-profile breakout in June

(Newser) - A convicted killer serving life behind bars when he staged a daring escape from a maximum-security prison has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for the breakout. In 35-year-old David Sweat's second court appearance since his capture in June, he no longer wore a sling, his head was shaved, and... More »

Woman: Yes, I Dug Up Dad's Grave for 'Real Will'

But Melanie Nash says she only found vodka and cigarettes

(Newser) - A woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" but found only vodka and cigarettes pleaded guilty today. Melanie Nash, 53, was one of four accused in the plan to open Eddie Nash's vault in Colebrook, New Hampshire, then... More »

NY Rep Grimm Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Sentencing set for June 8

(Newser) - As expected , US Rep. Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty in a federal tax-evasion case that he fought as he won re-election this fall. Grimm pleaded guilty today in a New York federal court to one count of aiding in the filing of a false tax return. Sentencing is set... More »

Sources: NY Rep Grimm to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion

His hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in Brooklyn

(Newser) - People familiar with the case tell the AP that US Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City is planning to plead guilty to a tax evasion charge instead of going to trial next month. A plea hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in federal court in Brooklyn. Lawyers for Grimm and... More »

Woman Molested Child ... When She Was a Man

Susan Elizabeth Rye pleads guilty to 1990 crime

(Newser) - Susan Elizabeth Rye was writing a book when she was arrested in Utah in January—"a fictional book about incest and the sexual abuse of children," says the Duchesne County prosecutor. Fast forward to yesterday, when Rye, 61, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse for molesting... More »

Bieber's Penalty for DUI Arrest: Anger Classes

State attorney: this was 'rash, juvenile-type conduct'

(Newser) - What's Justin Bieber's punishment for his DUI arrest back in January? Anger management classes, apparently. The singer pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and careless driving, rather than to the initial DUI charge. In exchange, he'll sit through 12 hours of anger management classes, donate $50,000 to... More »

Judge Slaps Teen With 1- to 15-Year Sentence

Cooper Van Huizen's parents are trying to get him out of jail

(Newser) - A Utah teenager is facing up to 15 years in prison on robbery charges, and his parents are terrified. Cooper Van Huizen, 16, admits to taking part in a house robbery with friends. He also brought his dad's unloaded guns, one of which was pointed at a victim who... More »

Ariel Castro to Spend Rest of Life in Prison

He accepts plea deal; case will not go to trial

(Newser) - Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison. The Cleveland man, accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, has accepted a plea deal, reports the AP . He will plead guilty and be handed a sentence of life without parole plus 1,... More »

Afghan Massacre Suspect to Plead Guilty, Avoid Death

Victims' relatives are irate Robert Bales won't face execution

(Newser) - Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan villagers, his lawyer tells CNN , in a move to dodge the death penalty. Lawyer John Henry Browne says military prosecutors have approved the plea, but a rep for Joint Base Lewis-McChord wouldn't say whether the matter... More »

6 Plead Guilty to Terror Plot They Showed Up Late To

They planned to attack the right-wing English Defence League

(Newser) - Six would-be terrorists have pleaded guilty to planning a terror attack in the UK last year, authorities announced today—although planning clearly wasn't their strong suit. Police say the men—Omar Khan, Zohaib Ahmed, Mohammed Hasseen, Mohammed Saud, Anzal Hussain, and Jewel Uddin—had planned to attack a rally... More »

US Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 5 Fellow Troops

Plea deal will allow Sgt. John Russell to avoid capital punishment

(Newser) - US Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty today to intentionally murdering five fellow servicemen and women in Iraq in 2009, as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. The judge hasn't decided whether or not to accept the plea deal yet, though he... More »

Ft. Hood Judge Refuses to Remove Death Penalty

Also denies Nidal Hasan's request to change venue

(Newser) - A military judge is looking to move the three-plus-year-old case against the accused Fort Hood shooter forward, ruling last night that, in accordance with Army rules, Maj. Nidal Hasan cannot enter guilty pleas in exchange for stripping the death penalty from the case. Judge Tara Osborn also refused Hasan's... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty

Judge says he's not bound by sentencing guidelines

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson Jr. dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief today and looked to his father, and the rest of his family gathered in court. "Guilty, your honor," he said, making official his reported intention to plead guilty to having misused $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson pleaded guilty... More »

It's Official: BP Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Judge accepts deal, despite objections from victims' families

(Newser) - Corporations are people, my friend, and that means they can commit manslaughter. After listening to testimony from relatives of the 11 workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge today approved BP's plea deal , allowing the oil giant to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges, the... More »

Brooklyn Man: Yes, I Conspired With al-Qaeda

Wesam El-Hanafi pleads guilty, could face 20 years

(Newser) - A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty today to helping al-Qaeda but denied that he sent Casio watches to Yemen to help trigger terrorist bombs, Reuters reports. Wesam El-Hanafi, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist group: "In July 2009 I participated in a conversation with... More »

Underwear Bomber Changes Plea to Guilty

But is unrepentant, calling jihad one of 'the most virtuous acts'

(Newser) - Today was supposed to be the second day of testimony in the trial of alleged “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, but instead the 25-year-old Nigerian unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty on all counts, the Detroit Free Press reports. The defiant would-be terrorist read a statement to the court... More »

Garridos Plead Guilty in Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping

Now Dugard and her daughters won't have to testify

(Newser) - There won’t be a trial in the Jaycee Dugard case , after all: Philip and Nancy Garrido each pleaded guilty today to kidnapping and sexual enslavement, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. “I am relieved that Phillip and Nancy Garrido have finally acknowledged their guilt and confessed to their crimes... More »

'Fake Pimp' Pleads Guilty in Senate Break-In

James O'Keefe gets 3 years' probation in Mary Landrieu ruse

(Newser) - James O'Keefe, who might just be referred to as a “fake pimp” in headlines for the rest of his life, pleaded guilty along with three accomplices for breaking into Sen. Mary Landrieu's office and trying to tamper with her phones. O'Keefe copped to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property... More »

Philadelphia Ballpark Puker Pleads Guilty

NJ man intentionally vomited on family, admits to assault

(Newser) - The New Jersey man who intentionally vomited on a Philadelphia family during a Phillies game last month pleaded guilty today, KYW Newsradio reports . Matthew Clemmens, 21, tormented a man and his two daughters at Citizens Bank Park before declaring, "I need to do what I need to do. I'm... More »

Sunday School Teacher Pleads Guilty in Girl's Murder

Melissa Huckaby admits killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu

(Newser) - A California Sunday school teacher accused of kidnapping, raping, and killing an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter, then stuffing the body in a suitcase, pleaded guilty today to murder. Melissa Huckaby, 29, entered the guilty plea in San Joaquin County Superior Court to a charge of first-degree murder with a... More »

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